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news on the bear area at 6:00. we'll see you then. lt by u.s. warplanes intensifies. a defiant gadhafi warns of a crusader war and vows to fight back. crusader war and vows to fight back. tonight, what is the endgame? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, everyone. the pentagon tonight says the allied assault on libya's military has inflicted heavy damage on moammar gadhafi's forces and grounded his combat planes. that assault, which we now know is being led by american warplanes, including long-range stealth bombers, has targeted both libya's air defenses and ground troops in an effort to halt gadhafi's attacks on anti-government rebels. but coalition officials insist gadhafi himself is not a target. tonight, as anti-aircraft fire lit up the skies over tripoli, libya's military command order claimed again it wasrding its units to observe is i cease-fire, a claim western forces are skeptical of. we begin tonight with jim miklaszewski. jim? >> reporter: lester, there's only been one full day of american and coalition air strikes against libya, but senior u.s. m
launched by the u.s. and other countries. president obama again making the case for why the u.s. went in, but how does it end? >>> in japan, the disaster deepens with new problems at the nuclear plant. there are new fears about food safety and an american family has received the worst possible news about their daughter. our teams are on the ground. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. in addition to two wars on two other fronts, the united states military tonight is engaged against libya. the attacks are in the form of air strikes. 32 of them in just the last 24 hours. about half now being carried out by u.s. aircraft. and there have been 136 cruise missiles launched. only eight of them by british armed forces. the rest launched by the u.s. they have hit targets up and down the libyan coastline, mostly aimed at libyan defenses, so the coalition aircraft can begin enforcing that no-fly zone over a larger portion of the country. the united states says moammar gadhafi is not a target personally, but president obama says the u.s. acted in
of libya. >>> on the border. a rare look at the daily game of cat and mouse that the u.s. is fighting against drug smugglers. >>> "america at the crossroads." tonight why america's losing some of the best and brightest and how to keep them here. >>> and tired of it all. alarming news about a problem that impairs our economy, our health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the president of the united states is now on record. the longtime libyan leader needs to leave and change must now come to libya. this is how the president put it at the white house today. >> let me just be very unambiguous about this. colonel gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave. that is good for his country. it is good for his people. it's the right thing to do. >> of course, that brings us to the question about how to do that, how to finish what the libyan uprising has started. there's growing support for a so-called no-fly zone, but the defense secretary continues t
, fighting on the ground and western attacks from the air, and we talk to the u.s. general in charge. >>> under control. a new breed of air traffic controllers taking over with fresh questions about safety still in the air. >>> and hanging tough. brave new worries about the crippled nuclear plant, but we find survivors of the japanese disaster giving everyone a lesson in resilience. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in tonight for brian williams. for a seventh straight day the u.s. and its allies bombarded targets in libya, still trying to break the back of moammar gadhafi's assault on rebel-held cities. the u.s. for its part says it's prepared to take a back seat, but exactly what the ultimate goal is and even who's in charge of this operation are still somewhat ill defined tonight. nato says it plans to take full command, but is still seeking consensus on a military strategy. in a moment we'll hear from the general in charge of u.s. forces there, but first to the ground where rebels are taking their own fight
>>> on the broadcast tonight, closing in on gadhafi. there's talk of u.s. military options against him. and now for hordes of people, now's the time to get out of there. >>> a collision course in wisconsin with time running out. tonight, is there a deal to end the standoff? >>> america at the crossroads. all week long our reports here on america's changing economy. tonight, are we keeping up in the search for the next big thing? >>> and the winner is -- the good, the bad and the ugly at this year's oscars. and the amazing story behind the man behind the best picture. and the amazing story behind the man behind the best picture. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the situation in libya is now a lot more serious where the u.s. is concerned. u.s. navy ships are being readied for a number of possible options here including possibly enforcing a no-fly zone. moammar gadhafi spoke again today on two television networks an interview the u.s. immediately called delusional. all this time the forces against him are closing in. we begin t
>>> good morning, attack on libya. u.s. and allied forces strike libya with cruise missiles >>> good morning. attack on libya. u.s. and allied forces strike libya with cruise missiles and fighter jets and a show of force against gadhafi. now american stealth bombers have enter the fight. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy. >> defiance. the libyan dictator digs in, calling the coalition operation terrorism and warning it could ignite a crusader war. >>> and miracle rescue. nine days after the earthquake that devastated japan, two survivors are saved from the rubble. today is sunday march 20th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolf. breaking news out of libya today where the assault on gadhafi intensifies. >> this morning a senior pentagon official says three american b-2 stealth bombers have been used dropping bottoms in a libyan airfield. american pilots are takin
>>> on the broadcast tonight, who's in charge? is the u.s. about to hand over control of the attack on libya? and tonight what may be the next nation to go in that region. >>> changing face. a major milestone tonight for a growing group of americans. >>> asleep in the tower. two jets needing to land in washington can't raise an air traffic controller, and now we know why. >>> and making a difference, for the struggling people of japan. nbc news with americans on a mission to provide critical relief. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it has turned into a big military effort, bombs and cruise missiles have been raining down on libya, and it could get even bigger and the stakes are high. it's been a mostly u.s. run air campaign thus far, but tonight a change is coming. a hand-over to nato for the supervision of this strike. even though the pentagon warned libya today, quote, we will continue to hit you, the u.s. is anxious to shift some of this to somebody else. and just as there have been new and loud explosions in tripoli this
living within 12 miles of the site to evacuate. those within 18 miles to stay indoors. the u.s. government says its residents within 50 miles should leave. >> we think it's a prudent measure to follow the evacuation based on how we would handle a situation like that in the united states. >> reporter: there are six reactors at the site. in unit 1 an explosion destroyed part of an outer building. in unit 2 there may have been an explosion rupturing the containment facility and possibly letting radioactive fuel escape. unit 3 was the target of today's water drops. it too had an explosion of the outer building and it also has exposed fuel rods. unit 4 was shut down for maintenance when the earthquake struck, but it became the subject of a controversy when the head of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission said its stored fuel rods were totally exposed. units 5 and 6, which are also out of service, may also have problems with their used fuel rods. experts say unit 3 is especially dangerous, because it has recycled fuel that contains plutonium, an even greater health threat than the
the u.s. will now lead military action to stop gadhafi's brutal crackdown. and in japan, the nuclear crisis goes up a notch, increased to a higher alert level. what will it take to cool down those reactors and prevent a nuclear meltdown. our teams are on the ground across the world and "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewer in the west tonight. tonight we have to take you on something of a tour of the world to cover the overwhelming amount of news going on. and while we have been focused on the disaster in japan, where the nuclear alert level actually went up a notch today, while it's been going on for exactly a week tonight, instead we must begin tonight back in libya. today president obama announced that on top of the twor wars we're fighting, the u.s. will now take the lead on possible military action in libya. the u.n. approved it last night. it started out as a no-fly zone but has grown into something perhaps bigger. a nato ultimatum of gadhafi of libya that the president says is non-negotiable. gadhafi d
>>> on the broadcast tonight, sending weapons. tonight the prospect of u.s. weapons in the hands of libya's rebel forces. the president says he won't rule it out, so our own richard engel goes inside those rebel forces for a closer look. >>> radiation fears. the nuclear crisis in japan has a lot of people asking could it happen here, and would warning systems work if it did? >>> price check. a new drug to help prevent premature babies, but at what cost for those who need it? >>> and the close call for an american president 30 years ago tonight. what we didn't know until now. >>> also here tonight, the first-ever view of a neighbor of ours. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. right about now during these past few days across our country, people are watching this unfolding situation in libya. the rebels versus gadhafi. americans have heard president obama defending the u.s. air campaign he ordered, sending our service members to fight a third concurrent conflict far from home. in our conversation with the president yesterday, h
at 6:00. >>> target libya, the first u.s. and coalition military strikes on gadhafi's forces are under way. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells this people that there will be no mercy. >>> american cruise missiles and french fighter jets attack libyan targets. the broadest military effort since the invasion of iraq began eight years ago today. >> plus, disaster in japan, progress on the crippled nuclear reactor, but new concerns about the safety of food in that country. >> from nbc news world head quarters in new york, this is "nbc news with lester holt". >> good evening u.s. war ships opened fire on libya's air defenses tonight. part of protecting libyan civilians from moammar gadhafi. following air strikes by french fighter jets, u.s. and british naval vessels launched 110 tomahawk cruise missiles aimed at 20 tar guess along libyan's coast. president obama stressed it would not involve u.s. ground troops. the strike comes two days after the u.n. security council okayed the establishment of a no fly zone over libya. we have all fronts covered. we want to start with jim mace
, not only in the u.s. but throughout asia, africa, and south america that are all contributing to higher crude oil prices and consequently higher gasoline prices at the pump. >> reporter: those higher gas prices came as many were starting to feel better about the economy, but now any extra cash may be going right into the the tank. >> i think it's crazy. >> reporter: jason king spends $40 more a month on gas. >> pretty soon i'm going to have to start thinking about riding a bike or other means of transportation, definitely. >> reporter: in fact, those skyrocketing prices have some giving up the road for the rails. metro use in los angeles, up 10%. and across the country commuters are using the latest technology, smartphone apps and social media, to find the cheapest gas, anything to save a buck. >> everybody i know is trying to carpool and fill up the car as much as possible. >> reporter: gas prices hit a high in february, but in the weeks ahead spring is when prices typically rise the most. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> and as we mentioned at the top of the newscast, the ob
, the dangers of u.s. military involvement, while already fighting two other wars, and the precedent this may set in other nations. and the fact that this may not go quite as the u.s. and nato have planned. notably, as you're about to hear, the president left open the possibility of arming the rebels who are in the fight against gadhafi in libya. and here now a portion of our conversation with the president at this time of high stakes overseas. the moment your speech ended last night, the associated press put out an item that read, president obama's speech was about defending the first war launched on his watch. how does it end? >> well, first of all, i think it's important to note that we've had two wars on my watch. one which we've wound down and we do not have combat operations in iraq any more. afghanistan, obviously, is still a tough fight. and that weighs heavily on me in making these decisions. but what was clear to me was we had a unique circumstance to save a lot of lives in this libyan situation. and that we had an international mandate to do it, and an international coalition that
of supporters in tripoli, vowing to be victorious in the end. the u.s. lost a jet there today, an older fighter jet, mechanical failure they say, and not a shootdown. both pilots are okay. but it could have ended much differently. and in the beginning stages still of this so far u.s.-led attack, a lot of people are wondering how this ends. we begin tonight with our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. jim, good evening? >> reporter: good evening, brian. for american air crews, this is about as tense as it gets. and it took more than 12 hours to safely recover both of the downed airmen. what's left of the american fighter jet was scattered across the libyan desert. the air force f-15 was on a bombing mission when it developed engine trouble. the two americans ejected as the plane went down. two marine harrier jets soon located the downed pilot not far from the wreckage, and he was flown to safety. in the process, marine officials say one of the jets dropped two bombs. another may have strafed the area with gunfire. six civilians were wounded but surprisingly bore no grudge against the americ
mass evacuations of their citizens from northeast japan. in the meantime, the u.s. and many other countries continue to advise their citizens against nonessential travel to this country, brian? >>> now more on the fears of the radiation leaking out of that damaged nuclear plant. a big part of the story, and the fear is the weather specifically, where and how the winds are blowing. the concerns are two-fold. surface winds, which could be very bad news locally in japan. and upper level winds, as they do every day, coming across the pacific toward the u.s. west coast. meteorologist bryan norcross at the weather channel standing by with all of it. bryan, good evening. >> good evening, brian. yes, the winds switched around to the north today, in the direction of tokyo. but they were light. that happened today, the good news is, the next couple days, winds are going to come in from the northwest. and anything that gets released from those plants is going to be blown offshore. late in the week, into the weekend the weather pattern changes and the winds become very light. it looks like at
that go into automobiles and high-tech goods come from japan, are put into u.s. products and then shipped globally. the second aspect is the financial aspect. japan is a major buyer of u.s. financial assets, particularly u.s. treasuries, and they are a major capital exporter. so, what has bothered people recently is that japan's semiconductor production has been hit as well as their willingness to finance global investment. they've pulled back. a lot of that money is coming back into japan. it strengthened the yen relative to the dollar, but it also has a bias on interest rates. >> explain that to me. i wrote that down. the yen rose to new highs as economists expected funds to be repatriated. so, the yen comes back to japan, and what happens to the currency? >> well, the currency will appreciate because japan is an excess supplier of capital. they save a lot of money. the united states doesn't save a lot of money. >> right. >> so, their savings come to us, but what -- >> they have nothing they can do with their money other than -- they have enough money coming in that they literally then
. >> make no mistake, the u.s. is still very involved in the operation. the u.s., britain and france will still be conducting the toughest parts of this operation but it does mean the u.s. is now not acting alone. the nato secretary-general has now announced they will be taking over the operational phase. they've made the political decision as nato says, they'll spend the weekend working oumt the details, these more than 20 western nations, plus a couple of arab countries also that have signed on to enforce the no-fly zone over libya, and nato secretary-general was very clear about that, they will be enforcing the no-fly zone and the arms embargo and nothing else. he says they should be ready to take this over in about two or three days. secretary of state hillary clinton making the announcement here for the u.s., saying we can now begin to reduce our participation in this operation. the u.s. has flown about 70% of those missions so far, that should begin to go down. in fact, she says there are already fewer american planes in the air over libya. lynn? >> tracie, thanks so much. >>>
of the officer tonight. >>> the u.s. heard from the commander in chief tonight about the crisis in libya. president obama told the country the u.s. strategy is working. innocent civilians are not being slaughtered in the civil war. >> some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. the united states of america is different. and as president, i refuse to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action. >> the rebels are now moving almost uninterrupted toward tripoli. gadhafi's soldiers are taking off their uniforms, even leaving meals half eaten in attempts to flee the front. the military has taken control of operations and the u.s. role. what he did not say is what critics are talking about tonight. the president did not discuss an exit strategy. they say the country cannot afford another war right now. >>> she has become the face of the crisis in libya, the mystery woman who dared to speak out against gadhafi's regime. her allegations, rape, for tour and brutality. press crews from around the world were this this weekend as police too
on libya. u.s., french forces, fighting to overthrow moammar gadhafi. president obama insist the attacks only follow gadhafi's refusal to end his assault as the united nation demanded. >> we are answering the call of a threatened people and acting in the interest of the united states and the world. >> we have every reason to fear that, left unchecked, gadhafi will commit unspeakable atrocities. >> this morning, the very latest on the military campaign. its goal and its limits, including the president's order that no u.s. ground troops be committed. with us, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admirabmiral m mullen. >>> then reaction from capitol hill. is libya a threat to the united states? is it too late for military action to make a difference? and should the president have sought congressional authority? with us chairman of the senate armed services committee, carl levin and john kerry of massachusetts and republican member of the armed services committee, senator jeff sessions of alabama. >>> finally, our roundtable assesses the president's leadership. as he manages a crisis in th
>>> on the broadcast here tonight, make get case for u.s. military action in libya. tonight the president addresses the nation as the rebels make their biggest push yet into gadhafi territory. >>> radiation continues to turn up in trace amounts here, and of course it's a full-blown crisis in japan. >>> walmart and women. a case hded to the supreme court this week that could impact all women in the u.s. workforce. >>> and making a difference so kids of active duty americans don't have to put their favorite sport on ice. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. president obama addressed the nation tonight, a speech delivered before a live audience. as the associated press put it, defending the first war launched on his watch. the president said the u.s. acted by launching those air strikes nine days ago to prevent a massacre of the libyan people by moammar gadhafi. he said gadhafi is not a target and that the u.s. is acting as part of this coalition to protect civilians. he talked about the uses and limits of military power while he is president and said there will be time
the u.s. is not trying to kill gadhafi, operation odyssey dawn appears to have hit close to home for the libyan leader. nbc news has learned that english forces conducted a strike on his compound. it was not known where gadhafi was at the time, but according to the "new york times," journalists did not report any casualties. meanwhile robert gates says that the u.s. expects to hand over control of the mission to a coalition in a matter of days. that coalition will probably be headed either by the french or english or by nato. for more information on the operation, we go to nbc's brian mooar. >> reporter: with a second day ç of fighter jet attacks and missile strikes, european and american forces have blinded moammar gadhafi's air defenses, crippled his air force and now are threatening to pound his army into submission. >> we judge these strikes to have been very effective and significantly degrading the regime's air defense capability. >> reporter: the libyan leader threatened a long, bitter fight. hours later, he declared the second cease fire in less than a week. in brazil, p
♪ >>> this morning on "early today," high alert. the u.s. authorizes american evacuations out of japan as nuclear meltdown fears grow. >>> line of fire, security cameras capture a dramatic shoot-out at a tennessee convenience store. >>> and space odyssey, astronauts unveil the international space station's astronauts unveil the international space station's newest resident. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with exit strategy. as japan's nuclear crisis deepens and reports about the status of one of its crippled nuclear plants differ, the united states has authorized the first evacuation of americans out of japan. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with the latest on this. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. good morning, everybody. we learned overnight that these will be voluntary evacuations, even though the airports have reopened, commercial flights are available, the u.s. state department will be organiz
things at the funerals of u.s. military. is that free speech? there was a big supreme court ruling today. >>> fighting back. gadhafi's fierce new pushback against his own people. as other dictators fall, how does he survive? >>> whose side are you on in the showdown over unions and collective bargaining? tonight we'll show you what people say in our new poll. >>> the secret lives of animals. did you ever wonder what they're all up to when nobody's watching? now we know. >>> and the surprise appearance today to unveil the next big thing. today to unveil the next big thing. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. they go to the funerals of americans who have been killed in action in iraq and afghanistan and they hold up signs saying things like, "thank god for dead soldiers," "god hates you," and "it's too late to pray," and they do this in the name of religion. of course, what they do is an insult to religion. they are the members of the westboro baptist church in kansas and they are the last thing a grief-stricken parent wants to see, bu
and workshops and some funded by the u.s. government in places like dubai or beirut where they corroborated and met each other and strategically went about pursuing the goals of opposing their governments. >> surely they find strength from one another by finding one another on facebook and on twitter and they knew that their message was getting out to a public. surely that encouraged them. was perhaps social media not something of a tipping point when it came to egypt and because there are so many more people using social media than there were in 2009 in iran. >> well, again, i don't think that we have to focus on the social media as the primary force. the same number of people in egypt using facebook two years ago. the first wave of protests in egypt started in 2008 when they had huge labor strikes in the country. and they already have hundreds of thousands of people who are using facebook. they didn't ignite political change because the political circumstances were not there. it was tunisia that was the tipping point for egypt. it was not facebook or twitter. >> there's an underlying assu
in the u.s. >> for vacuum cleaners. >> and about $10 billion worldwide. you look at the growth of the existing sweeper robots that are out there, it represents about 2% of the market. so the question becomes why haven't i been able to penetrate this market a bit more seriously. there are a number of obstacles, objections that customers have. one of them is they don't re-assure that the robot actually goes ef where. two, it's not a real vacuum. three, it bumps into things. then finally when it is done, then your work starts. you have to clean the robot. you have to clean the brush, you have to maintain the robot. we tried to address all of those technical issues by having the robot that is very efficient in its movement, doesn't have redundancies, and so all of that extra power is not diverted to a serious vacuum. we have a 9000 rpm fan that truly sucks sugar or sand on the floor. my vacuum can pick it up for you. >> what was it like getting funding for this project initially? >> very difficult. >> how so? >> well, when you go to traditi traditional vc, everybody thinks of multi
the skies over libya and struck pro-gadhafi tanks. u.s. and british forces followed by launching a volley of more than 100 cruise miss ells and heavy bombing. the u.s. currently has at least 11 naval vessels in the mediterranean in addition to surveillance aircraft. all of this in preparation to impose a u.n.-sanctioned no-fly zone, the largest military intervention since the invasion of iraq in 2003, eight years to the day. i want to go right to nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent richard engel in tobr tobruk, libya. tell me what you've been seeing and experiencing. >> reporter: the roads are remarkably calm. people are out on the streets. i spoke with rebels just a short while ago. they say that finally this action has taken place and they hope that they can get some more momentum again. i was here in this area about a week ago when the tide of events seemed to be turning against the rebels and you didn't see them out much. they were abandoning their checkpoints. now, once again, their checkpoints are out and they were painting anti-gadhafi graffiti once again openly on some of th
's expected to last about three months. >>> well, a scare today for san francisco's nancy pelosi. the u.s. democratic leader was briefly hospitalized in rome early today, but by this afternoon, she resumed her schedule. the former house speaker tweeted to her followers, "thanks to everyone for your well wishes. had a very productive trip to afghanistan and i'm in italy resuming meetings." after a hectic schedule yesterday in afghanistan, the 70-year-old pelosi felt ill and underwent some hospital tests, but a few hours later, she was on the move, meeting with italy's leaders in parliament. pelosi is on a congressional trip. >>> let's turn now to your disaster in japan. officials still racing to restore electricity to the troubled fukushima daiichi nuclear plant, but now they're facing more unforeseen obstacles, including a cloud of smoke that forced workers to evacuate again today. now, when power is finally restored, officials say the cooling system should bring temperatures back to a safe level within those reactors within a day. meanwhile, the world's health organization is calling on
disagreement between the u.s. and the japanese, let's look at what the head of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission said today to congress about one of those fukushima reactors. >> we believe that secondary containment has been destroyed and there is no water in the spent fuel pool. and we believe that radiation levels are extremely high. >> in other words, the americans saying that it's worse than japanese officials have let on. all of this leads us to a chief environmental affairs correspondent, anne thompson. anne, we thought something was up when the americans wanted their people further away from it than the japanese standard earlier today. what's behind this apparent disagreement? >> reporter: well, brian, it's a crisis in the confidence of the information they are getting from the japanese government. in fact tonight tokyo electric power company is denying that that spent fuel pool is indeed dry. it says that everything is stable at reactor 4. and you have the head of public affairs for the nrc, the nuclear regulatory commission, who's trying to walk back some of mr. jaczco's comm
of the largest ever measured, and it triggers a massive tsunami all the way to the u.s. tonight we're watching the rising death toll. a nuclear plant in trouble. the aftershocks continue. the world is watching japan and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> a special good evening to our viewers in the west tonight. as you know by now, the nation of japan has suffered a colossal historic earthquake that has caused massive damage, massive loss of life and sent ocean waters racing over land. the big quake was a magnitude 8.9, it struck at 2:46 p.m., centered 78 miles offshore. while tokyo swayed and shook and bounced for minutes on end, sending millions to shelter, sendai was the closest population center. it has been devastated. the loss of life officially so far in the hundreds will almost certainly be thousands, as thousands are missing. the quake then triggered a tsunami, water upwards of 30 feet high that swamped the japanese shoreline, moving faster than people or cars could outrun it. then it headed out east across the pacific, traveling at the speed of
choice, the u.s. enters a new military campaign in the middle east. the news starts now. >>> good evening. i'm marla tellez in for diane dwyer. winter weather hanging on. we're watching another major storm move in right now, promising to pack a serious one-two punch of rain and winds. meteorologist nick o'kelley is tracking the storm, and how long it will linger. but first, kimberly tere joins us live in san jose. >> reporter: we've seen steady rain all day today, marla. take a look at the water here draining onto the street. and as forecasted, the winds really did seem to pick up right at 9:00. and are very strong. mother nature really putting on a show here. and causing some ruckus. california highway patrol is keeping busy. officers say this car was going too fast for weather conditions and ended up in a ditch in san jose. there were no injuries. but chp is urging drivers to slow down on these slick roads. there have been multiple spinouts and issues with debris on the roadways. in walnut creek, weather caused this oak tree to topple onto a home. with the forecast calling for more rain
that the courageous responders on the scene have the benefit of american teamwork and support. >> reporter: u.s. experts believe it could be weeks before this emergency is resolved and americans are being urged to flee a 50-mile area around the plant. on our shores, radiation monitoring has been stepped up on the west coast as a precaution. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast, hawaii, alaska or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> reporter: u.s. airports are now screening passengers and cargo coming out of japan. >> we have seen no radiation, by the way, even on incoming cargo or passengers that comes close to reaching a harmful level. >> reporter: in tokyo, experts say radiation levels are still below harmful levels, but anxiety is rising. the pentagon is now organizing a voluntary evacuation of american military families and citizens who want to get out. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> well, one week since japan's worst ever disaster, new stunning footage has emerged from a local japanese news crew. they were in a taxi seconds before catastrophe struc
with disaster, a new study reveals how prepared is the u.s. to deal with a major nuclear emergency. >>> and ways of power, newly surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits the oregon coastline. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with melting point. a skeleton crew working to prevent an all-out meltdown at the fukushima nuclear plant were forced out of the facility for nearly an hour today. it was following a dangerous spike in radiation that japanese authorities feared was a risk to workers' lives. nbc's dan shenaman reports. >> reporter: authorities in japan have worked to avert a tragedy. the work has centered on damage to the machine four reactor where spent rods were being stored in pools of water. sea water has been pumped into plants one, two, and three, and workers have tried to bring down temperatures in plant five and six. bloo if a fuel rod becomes exposed, it could become fragile, and there's a chance of it breaking when m
's desperate efforts to hold on. and what the pentagon is saying tonight about u.s. intervention. >>> a new health warning tonight. it's about hpv and men. some new numbers, both surprising and disturbing. >>> america at the crossroads, what skills are folks going to need in this economy, and how to get them. tom brokaw with tonight's report. >>> "making a difference" for young superheroes. using the power of fun to help build strong minds. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the white house reported some new numbers today about women in this country. and while in many ways women continue to pass men by, an old problem is just as bad, just as serious, and it continues to hold women back economically. while female students were something of a novelty at some colleges and universities just two, three generations ago, they're now the majority on campus. but then comes the problem, the pay gap in the workplace, and that hasn't changed. it's where we begin tonight with nbc news white house correspondent savannah guthrie. savannah, good eveni
of an air assault on libya. really the third front the u.s. is fighting on these days. it was launched by president obama to protect civilians, he said, because gadhafi's forces were bearing down on the rebels' headquarter city of benghazi. but all those cruise missiles and bombs still haven't stopped the ground fighting. the rebels were under heavy fire today about 100 miles to the south of benghazi. and as you're about to see, our own chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, was with them and got about as close as you'd ever want to. richard is back safely in benghazi tonight and is with us from there tonight. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the rebels have the will, they have the numbers, but they don't have the equipment or the discipline to take on gadhafi's forces where they're dug in, as we saw for ourselves firsthand today. the road outside benghazi today is a graveyard of gadhafi's armored vehicles, destroyed by western air strikes. after an hour and a half driving south flanked by desert, we reached the rebels' front line. there are no trenches or
just ahead. >>> meanwhile, growing disagreement today between officials in japan and here in the u.s. over the severity of this situation. the chair of the u.s. regulatory commission believes a storage pool holding highly radioactive spent fuel rods may be completely empty at this point and that at times radiation levels have been so high they would be lethal in a very short period of time. he urged americans to stay at least 50 miles away from the plant, but that's four times the distance of the evacuation order from japanese officials. people in japan are growing really frustrated at this point about the lack of clear, prompt information. we're going to talk about that as well as the state department's decision to begin offering voluntary evacuations to family members of personnel in japan. >> we have a lot to get to. let us start this morning with ann curry who is in the city of akita in northern japan. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, matt. as you report the situation is still very serious. the japanese government is staying on message, saying that the
on this stronger storm for your commute, coming up. >>> our international headlines now. we are a week into the u.s.-led military intervention in libya and there are concern that is fight is dissolving into a stalemate. u.s. pilots are flying 45% of the missions, almost half of what it was a few days ago. libyan leader moammar gadhafi's forces are taking heavy hits from the air but on the ground, rebel forces are losing territory. president barack obama pulled out a land invasion to -- has ruled to out a land invasion to oust gadhafi, but house speaker john boehner sent a letter to the president today demanding an outline of the u.s. goals in libya. >>> radiation leaking from japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant is now in tokyo's tap water, prompting long lines for water and certain foods. the water is safe for adult bus the government says radiation levels are higher than recommended for infants. the u.s. is still searching for a few americans that remain unaccounted for in northern japan. the state department says one u.s. citizen is confirmed dead. >>> well, she was a hollywood icon with
, now there's a full scale nuclear scare, and it's deepening. tonight the u.s. is being asked for more help. our team is on the ground and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewers out west tonight. we have all the very latest for you on the disaster in japan. it started with a freak of nature, the fifth largest earthquake ever recorded on the planet, but then right then as the rubble settled and the buildings stopped swaying, the water came ashore. the tsunami in japan killed thousands. in some parts of some towns, there's no remaining evidence that anyone ever lived there. and now tonight the crisis has taken yet another turn, and we are covering a full-blown nuclear scare in japan. there are 17 nuclear power plants across japan, 54 nuclear reactors, but one plant in particular is in trouble. it's the fukushima plant, and if you've seen the pictures of it over this past weekend, there was one explosion in one building on saturday, another just yesterday and now a third reactor is in trouble at that same facility.
. >> u.s. experts believe it could be weeks before the emergency is resolved, and americans are being urged to flee a 50 mile area around the plant. on our shores, radiation monitoring has been stepped up on the west coast as a precaution. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast, alaska, hawaii or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> we have seen no radiation, by the way, even on incoming cargo or passengers that comes close to reaching a harmful level. >> in tokyo, experts say radiation levels are below harmful levels, but anxiety is on the rise. and the pentagon is organizing a voluntary evacuation of american military families and citizens who want to get out. >> now, there is a lot of american expertise with regard to nuclear energy that's being called upon to help in japan. tonight we've learned of another american resource that's being looked into, the super soaker, the converted 747 used to drop huge amounts of water on wildfires. we talked with the company that runs it tonight and they say they're in talks with what role they could play. they lik
areas. today, u.s. officials also urged americans to move farther away from the troubled power plant. than japanese leaders have been advising. kris sanchez has more. >> americans hearing that advice to get farther away would be wise to follow it as the focus now has shifted to a reactor that is considered stable. meanwhile, they doused the power plant with water from above until they were grounded by spiking radiation levels. japan doubled the number of workers heading into the plant to assess the situation. all this time, the japanese had been telling people to stay 12 miles away, but that may not be far enough. >> american citizens in japan evacuate, those american citizens within a 50-mile radius of the reactors evacuate from that area. this is the same advice that the nrc would give if this incident were taking place in thenit uni states. >> how u.s. military pilots are not being allowed within that radius of the plant except for the ones who are going to assist in some relief missions. they are getting those iodine tablets. as the white house delivers the urgent message t
calling for an end to any nuclear construction on u.s. soil. president obama standing behind his push to pursue nuclear power as an alternative energy source while continuing to show support for japan. tracie potts joins us from washington with more on that. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. other countries are putting programs on hold in light of japan, now the white house says it's moving forward with the nuclear program here in the united states. power companies are required to produce 80% clean energy by 2035 the white house says nuclear power plants are a key part of that program. there are four reactors up for approval this year. but on capitol hill there is concern. they had a moment of silence for japan yesterday, but lawmakers are divided between a wait and see mode based on what's going on in japan and not being reactionary, as some say, creating new policies at this point. the white house brought in the chief of the nuclear regulatory commission to reassure americans that our plants are safe that they are built to withstand earthquakes, tsunamis, but not what
pushed back by government forces. >>> and while the u.s. tries to consider how best to react to the fighting in libya, the ç crisis is having major implications at home at gas pumps across the nation. nbc's steve handelsman reports. >> reporter: concerned about escalating warfare in libya and more air attacks against libyan civilians in what looks like a military comeback by moammar gadhafi, president obama reminded libyan generals they could be tried for war crimes. >> i want to send a very clear message to those who are around colonel gadhafi. it is their choice to make how they operate moving forward and they will be held accountable. >> reporter: mr. obama faces two choices. does he set up a no-fly zone over libya to ground gadhafi's jets? arab states say do it, but team obama is cautious. >> any action should be the result of an international sanction. >> reporter: do something to help now argued a bush administration veteran. >> and you could provide covertly anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons to the rebels so they could impose their own no-fly zone. >> reporter: oba
will be held accountable. >> reporter: president obama ordered u.s. military aircraft to help evacuate foreigners from libya. but he has not ordered u.s. war planes to attack libyan war planes that take off, grounding gadhafi's air zone with a no fly zone. two senators said let's do it. >> i argue for the no fly zone and i think we could achieve it. >> reporter: but it would not be risk free for u.s. pilots. >> not as simple as throwing up a -- moving an aircraft carrier and deploying a bunch of planes. you have to take action to make sure you have air dominance. >> reporter: action to eliminate gadhafi's senses, his radar and missiles, action that president obama has not order. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >>> meanwhile, back in washington on the same day the labor department is expected to report significant progress on the jobs front, democrats and republicans are entering another day of talks to try to keep the government up and running without damaging the economy. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on that. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good mor
today as they brief congress on the mission in libya. steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: as the u.s. role in the libyan air war gets smaller and nato gets set to take over command, moammar gadhafi is not giving up or getting out. his forces counter attack, pushing libyans back, targeting civilians in rebel-held towns. >> gadhafi is using snipers to shoot people down and let them bleed to death in the street. >> reporter: at secretary of state clinton's meeting with u.s. allies in london, topic one was the dictator. qatar's prime minister. >> we urge gadhafi and his people to leave and not to cause any more bloodshed. >> reporter: but so far, it's the libyan leader's call and he says no. >> i'm not sure that we know exactly when we will get to any change in attitude by gadhafi. >> reporter: president obama told brian williams, economic and diplomatic pressure could force gadhafi out. >> our expectation is that as we continue to apply steady pressure not only militarily but through other means that gadhafi will ultimately step down. >> reporter: president obama ruled out using u.s. gr
of the greatest u.s. disasters of : discovered photos show one of the greatest u.s. disasters of : the early 20th century in color. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with out maneuvered. the three-week standoff in wisconsin over a measure that would deal a huge blow to public unions has come to an abrupt end after a stunning move by republicans. until yesterday, republicans state senators couldn't pass governor scott walker's proposal because under the rules they were just one democrat short for the vote to happen. that's because all 14 minority democrats had fled the state in order to prevent a vote on the measure which would strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public union workers. but on wednesday, republicans managed to push the plan through by resorting to a procedural maneuver that removed parts of the proposal related to nonspending measures. using that tactic, republicans contend the vote could take place without the missing democr
: leaving for jihad in somalia. his uncle said u.s. muslims looked the other way. >> we never got help from our leaders. from ouring orrists, big islamic organizationists. >> reporter: should american muslims do more to stop al qaeda recruitment. saying yes. >> the u.s. has a problem with muslim radicalization. i'm muslim and realize it's my problem. >> reporter: but holding musliming to account for the crimes of a few angered many leaders. >> islamic muslims have spoken many times against violent extremi extremism. >> reporter: a muslim in congress remembered a first responder killed on 9/11. >> he was a fellow american who gave his life for other americans. >> reporter: a hero's story in a hearing about who's to blame for a new crop of muslim villains. some democrats up here today were so upset they insisted this hearing itself would be used by al qaeda as a recruiting tool that radicals could claim as proof that the u.s. government really is at war with islam. this hearing, the lead up to it, all the controversy followed avidly, of course, by muslim american communities coast-to-coast. o
at that plant. it is reportedly losing new coolant. the u.s. stchlt ronald reagan traveled through a radioactive cloud and that crew members on deck are believed to have received a month's worth of radiation in an hour. veronica. >> hmm. all right, kristen dahlgren, thank you so much. >>> in the meantime, experts are weighing in on the potential impact at home if a disaster as devastating as the one that hit japan were had hit us. we go to tracie potts here in washington. tracie, good morning. >> good morning, everyone. there are 104 nuclear plants ms country. almost a quarter of them are built like those now under a state of emergency in jap pann. the u.s. is actually looking at building more. the nuclear regulatory commission says power plants in this country are built to with stand the most severe shock, but the government is looking at even more of these. four more many progress. 20 applications. the government announced $8 billion in loans last year for new nuclear plants. they're looking for four times that in the upcoming budget. in light of what's going on in japan reason here on capitol
as the u.s. and its allies weigh a military response. >>> marina mystery, a grim scene in southern california as a million dead fish float ashore. >>> and spidey sense? a vintage comic book featuring spider-man's debut sells for a mind-numbing sum.ç captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific team zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with losing momentum. it now appears the rebellion against libya's moammar gadhafi has stalled, halted in its tracks by the libyan army. the drive by opposition fighters to qadhafi's stronghold in tripoli has been met with a heavy barrage of rockets in the east. in zawiya pro-regime forces threat tony capture the city. if it is retain, it would be a significant victory for qadhafi. meanwhile, in an interview broadcast on libya's state tv, qadhafi once again blames foreigners for the unrest, and answering possible u.s. and british plans for a libyan response, qadhafi told turkish tv libyans will "take up arms and fight if a no fly zone is empoe imposed on hi
it the u.s. >>> president obama will be returning to the bay area next month. this will be his third visit here since october. the president will visit san francisco on april 20th for a fund-raiser. mr. obama's trip will follow his re-election kickoff. there are reports the president will also make a stop along the peninsula in attempts to raise more cash. obama's most recent visit happened last month when he dined with hi-tech executives including apple's steve jobs and facebook's mark zuckerberg. >>> turning now to japan and beyond. low levels of radiation from japan's nuclear crisis are showing up in milk samples in washington state. the epa and food and drug administration say consumers should not worry but add they should expect more of this news in the coming days. the measurements were taken on milk samples in spokane last friday and show radioactive levels 5,000 times below the fda's recommended levels for infants. >> topping our health watch, premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death in the united states. not only is it devastating for parents who are lose a child but
of the mission, the nine-member parachute team from all over the u.s. flew to the staging area in port-au-prince. they were medical workers, a computer technician, an actor, retirees, and pilots. and immediately they prepared to make a jump charged with uncertainty. >> it's almost a guarantee ankle buster or leg buster if you land on that creek. >> the kicker was the parachute team was to jump from a plane used on dday. dropping u.s. paratroopers into normandy 66 years ago. what are you doing here? >> we asked ourself that. ♪ >> and in madore, itself, people were asking that same question, wondering what exactly was going on. some prayed for salvation. others just stared at the sky. engines roaring, the parachute team onboard, phase one of the mission to rescue madore got under way. and stan's old bird lumbered into the air with its vital cargo of cholera medicine. sounds like you keep your fingers crossed and you plunge ahead. >> yes. 18 miles to madore. there's the church. i got the church in sight. >> 20 minutes later they were circling over the drop zone. >> okay. i'm on the down
turned against the u.s. he's under pressure and having to answer for his own past ties to a controversial and even violent group. known for being accessible and media friendly during 18 years in congress, tonight peter king says he's caught by surprise. >> i'm not overly modest or shy but i really do not expect to become the center of attention on this. >> reporter: chairman of the house homeland security committee, king says he is trying to expose islamic extremism inside the u.s. >> homegrown radicalization is a growing threat and one we cannot ignore. >> reporter: his own history is getting another look. >> i think people should be giving me medals. >> reporter: years ago king was a major advocate for the irish republican army, which the u.s. and british governments had labeled a terrorist organization. >> those who saw your i.r.a. past look at this and say you're a hypocrite. >> right. people who say that are uninformed. first of all, the i.r.a. never attacked the united states. let's start with that. >> reporter: the i.r.a.'s attacks did kill thousands of civilians during an armed re
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